Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Case of Immunity 

The first secretary to the Suarian king may have immunity from the consequences of committing murder, but Lt. Columbo is wilier than any foreign diplomat.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Hassan Salah
Rachman Habib
Police Commissioner
Brioni Farrell ...
Xenia (as Xenia Gratsos)
Barry Robins ...
The King
George Skaff ...
Nate Esformes ...
André Lawrence ...
Alafa (as Andre Lawrence)
Bill Zuckert ...
Capt. August
2nd Picketer
Harvey Gold ...
Jay Varela ...
Capt. Ortega


Columbo has to solve a crime at the embassy of a middle-east nation. The culture there is different, and the main suspects have diplomatic immunity. Also, to complicate matters, there is a student demonstration outside the gates, and the king is visiting the embassy. However, Columbo decides to investigate the matter in his own persistent way. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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12 October 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sal Mineo is the second real life murder victim to play a murder victim in "Columbo". The same thing happened to a murder victim from Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971). See more »


When Columbo is Discussing The Murder Scene of The Security Chief With Hector Elizondo, He States That There Was no Sign of a Struggle. The Opening Scene Clearly Shows Sal Mineo Overturning Chairs, Furniture, Etc in The Room. See more »


Kura: [Watching the King board a plane] There's something of the father in the son, eh, Hassan?
Hassan Salah: There's something of his father in many of us, Hajj, but the throne makes the man, not the blood.
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The Diplomat
25 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Hector Elizondo stars as Hassan Salah, an official with the middle-eastern country Suarian embassy, who murders(for vague reasons) the security chief in the embassy, and with the help of an aide(played by Sal Mineo) makes it look like the work of an anti-government intruder/protester. Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) doesn't believe the official Suarian story of Hassan, but since the man has diplomatic immunity, how can he make an arrest? Perhaps the young Suarian king may turn out to be of assistance... Interesting premise with a memorable payoff, even if there is a certain degree of artificiality to the presentation of the foreign culture.

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